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Sep 1, 2010 4:00am PDT
on the future of iraq. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with more. tracy, good morning >> reporter: lynn, good morning. with the military operations in iraq behind us, president obama said last night that looking forward, the next big mission is right here at home. >> the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: with combat troops now out of iraq, president obama announced a new mission. >> our most urgent task is to restore our economy and put the millions of americans who lost their jobs back to work. >> reporter: he blamed massive deficits on financing nearly a decade of war with borrowed money. his focus now, jobs and afghanistan. he promised the pullout there will begin next summer. >> open-ended war serves neither our interests or the afghan people. >> reporter: republicans criticized the president for opposing the bush surge that turned things around in iraq. >> some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth and nail to stop the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results. >> reporter: today's focus? the middle east. >> we pledge to do all we can
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Sep 6, 2010 4:00am PDT
back to work. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more. tracy, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. traditionally labor day has been the day we celebrate american workers of the problem is, a lot of them, millions of them, are not working. president obama will deliver an increasingly difficult message urging them to hang on. this afternoon president obama spends labor day with union leaders in milwaukee. union leaders say what has traditionally been a day of celebration has become a day of frustration for many. >> 11 million people out of work, i have less to be thankful for than those on wall street doing quite well. >> reporter: unemployment creeped up to 9.6%. jobs are being created but not nearly fast enough to ploy the millions left jobless in this recession. today and in cleveland on wednesday, the president will talk about the slow recovery and urge congress to approve $100 billion in tax breaks for small businesses. >> that's really what the bottom line is, small businesses are the engine of growth. government doesn't create the jobs. all we do is help train people
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Sep 8, 2010 4:00am PDT
potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to rescue the economy. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. today the president will deliver that speech in a state where one of his harshest critics is from, republican leader john boehner, and from a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president's expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks, allowing small businesses to write off capital investments next year, giving them more cash to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments in tomorrow that are creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> all of it paid for by ending tax breaks for big companies. republicans say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think the american people want any more stimulus spending coming out of washington. we need to get our arms around the out-of-control spending. >> it's a pro-business agen
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Sep 24, 2010 4:30am EDT
on a vote to preserve middle class tax cuts until after midterm elections in november. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest. good morning, tracie. >> amara, good morning. what to do about taxes? the senate has confirmed what the house said, that this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november, not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls. however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire people, buy equipment, expand and help pull this economy out of a slump. the gop called it a bailout. their plan is their new pledge to america. a government that's too big is something they say they want to get
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Sep 7, 2010 4:30am EDT
's tracie potts joins us us now from washington with more. tracie, good morning. >> good morning. the white house officials have no numbers but this would put americans back to work. the white house says it's not a stimulus, but the idea is similar. $50 billion for infrastructure, fixing 100,000 miles of roads, 150 miles of runways, and building a new air traffic control system. >> anybody want more delays at airports? >> no. >> no, i didn't think so. >> president obama says it will create jobs and won't cost a dime of borrowed money. >> this is a plan that will be fully paid for. it will not add to the deficit over time. >> republicans attacked saying americans are skeptical about spending more money. they're still looking for the shovel-ready jobs they were promised more than a year ago. republicans picked their first target, an indiana democrat. >> and now joe donnelly wants us to believe he's independent. >> analysts say ads and promises will only go so far. this election voters are only looking at one thing, results. >> the economy simply is not going to improve before the election. th
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Sep 14, 2010 4:30am EDT
. and on this final primary day before november's midterm electrics, it could reach a boiling point. tracy potts joins us live now from council. good morning, tracy. big day. >> it's going to be a big week and a big season headed into these elections as congress figures out whether or not to extend these bush tax cuts that are expiring at the end of the year. coming out of the weekend, republican leader john boehner who had been very critical of the president's plan signaled that he might support it in order to get something done before these tax cuts expires. but all hopes of a compromise were dashed when his party came out strongly yesterday and said that these tax cuts must be preserved for everyone, the poor, the middle class and, yes, the wealthy, those who make over $250,000. his party is not the only group that supports that. we now know of at least three democrats who say, look, this is the wrong time with our economy still not on good footing to raise taxes. we need to preserve these tax cuts for everyone. so it's a fight not only against republicans, but against some members of the democrati
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Sep 28, 2010 4:30am EDT
on a campaign which stops the plan in three states to sell his plan to fix the economy. tracie potts is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica, good morning. what you'll see this week will take auto a very distinct campaign-like feel, the white house trying to bring back what worked for them two years ago during the presidential campaign. the president swinging through several states over the next two days with two goals -- to energize young voters and to sell his economic plan. part of that plan was helping small businesses. we saw that as he signed the small business plan into law yesterday creating a $30 billion fund to give them more money to free up money for these businesses to expand and hire workers. today, president obama takes his message to albuquerque, new mexico, where he'll continue a series of backyard meetings with voters and have a big rally at the university of wisconsin later on tonight. as we get closer to the election, we're seeing the administration get much more aggressive in tone and message, by
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Sep 24, 2010 5:00am EDT
elections in november. nbc's tracie potts joins us. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: what to do about taxes. the senate confirmed what the house already said, this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november. not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls, however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire people, buy equipment, expand and help pull this economy out of a slump. the gop called it a bailout. their plan is their new pledge to america, a government that's too big, they say is something they want to get rid of if they're elected in november. they also want to expand tax cuts and several other measures that
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Sep 24, 2010 4:00am PDT
november. incomes's tracie potts joins us with the latest. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: good morning. the international is confirming what we heard from nancy pelosi and the house, they will not deal with the tax issue until after november's election, after you go to vote. senate majority leader harry reid say they go sat down with democrats in the senate but couldn't work out an idea of how they would proceed with this in the senate. the idea here is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it's a political hot potato. not one democrat seems to want to touch this before everyone goez to the polls. they backed a small business bill, now going to the president's desk. $30 billion to set up a new fund for small businesses to get loans so that they can expand, so they can hire people. the gop called this a bailout and they've got a new plan going into november calling it their pledge to america. reduce tax cuts and make them permanent for everyone. >> tracie potts, thank you. >>> once again, the iranian pr
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Sep 29, 2010 4:00am PDT
the support that won him the presidency. nbc's tracie potts has more from washington. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. good morning, everyone. buck up. that's what president obama said, his word literally to democrats. trying to re-energize the party with some political tough love. >> i don't know about you, but i'm fired up. >> reporter: president obama telling democrats, ignore polls and pundits claiming the party's apathetic. >> we cannot sit this one out. we can't let this country fall backwards because of rest of us didn't care enough to fight. >> reporter: in interviews he's even tougher. the president told "rolling stone" the democrats "sitting on their hands complaining are irresponsible." republicans and even some democrats say beating up the base may backfire. >> out there trying to terrify them, and put all of these scare tactics out there and hope that the fear will drive them to the polls. >> reporter: mr. obama's on a four-day swing to drum up support amid a faltering economy. >> i don't think there's one specific sector to put the blame on.
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Sep 29, 2010 4:30am EDT
the heat on his own party members yesterday. nbc tracie potts has more for us in washington. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica, good morning. we're now starting to hear a tough love message from president obama, aimed not at republicans, but aimed at his own party. he said buck up and he called republicans -- rather democrats irresponsible if they're sitting on their hands complaining. he said it's inexcusable to sit on the sidelines. we heard some of this in wisconsin yesterday at a huge college rally, trying to fight what polls and pundits say is apathy. he told students we can't let the country fall backwards because we didn't care enough to fight. he's doing this four-state swing through several states around the country trying to drum up support because polls are showing that democrats could be in trouble as we head into november's elections. in fact, we have a new nbc "wall street journal" poll. take a look at this. republicans now have a three-point lead over democrats, but that's down from a nine-point lead just last month. and looking at this question, who should control c
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Sep 28, 2010 4:00am PDT
states to sell his plan to fix the economy. tracie potts is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. you will see the president's events take on a distinct campaign-like feel. two goals swinging through several states. first of all, to energize young voters, and as you said, sell his economic recovery plan. it's a plan that now includes a new $30 billion fund for small businesses. he signed that into law yesterday. the idea is to provide them more money so these businesses can expand, and hopefully hire more workers and affect the low jobless rate in this country. this is a message he'll take to albuquerque, new mexico, today, as president obama continues with the white house called a series of backyard meetings with voters. something that worked in his campaign that he's hoping will work in this election as well. and then later tonight, a big rally at the university of wisconsin to draw those young voters. as we get closer to this election, more criticism from democrats, from the white house on republ
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Sep 17, 2010 4:30am PDT
higher taxes. tracie potts reports on whether public opinion is going to have an impact on whether we see a tax vote before elections. >> president obama said preserving tax breaks for the wealthy, the republican plan costs too much. >> they want to spend another $700 billion that 98% of americans will never see. >> i don't think i want to put my grandchildren into debt. >> the pressure is on. republicans insist on dealing with it before november's election. >> she ought to pledge that you are being honest. up or down votes on all of the coming taxes. >> here's why it's a big deal. they report 1 in 7 americans are now poor, the most ever. a new private analysis said letting the tax cuts expire means a family of 4 making $50,000 would pay washington an extra $2900 next year. that's a problem for democrats. >> it's still about barack obama and as agenda and that remains a fundamental problem. >> the administration is fighting back. the white house releases a report on 100 stimulus projects that are creating jobs across america. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >> now for a look at what's
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Sep 20, 2010 4:30am PDT
control in congress. as today in the bay's tracie potts reports, republicaning see an opportunity to take over. it's that nation's newest political movement that could have the biggest impact. >> this weekend president obama aimed for the heart of his party. black voters. >> tell them the time for action is now! >> the challenge is the tea party, americans fed up with washington. >> telling the american people don't worry about it. everything is going to be okay despite the fact that we have 13.4 trillion in debt. >> democrats are trying to sway those in the middle. >> to control the republican party who do not speak for independent or moderate voters at all. >> republicans are split, distancing themselves from the tea party's radical elements and trying to capitalize on its message. >> for every person who goes to a tea party rally, thousands agree with them. >> president obama's bearing down on interest. >> it's a power grid. they are hoping to ride the wave of unchecked influence all the way to victory. >> the election is six weeks away. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >> let's tak
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Sep 21, 2010 4:30am PDT
some form of dementia. cost to care for them are expected to double in the next 20 years. tracie potts has new information on what advocates say needs to be done to deal with that. >> do you know what kind of flower this is? >> no. >> a petunia. >> alzheimer's oppenheimers is a form of dementia. the group alzheimer's reports that dementia will cost $604 billion worldwide. >> over the next 40 years, it will be $20 trillion to care for people with alzheimer's without investing in research to change the course of the disease. >> with millions of baby boomers at risk, the u.s. needs a national plan like france or austria or england. today they are bringing 100,000 signatures to capitol hill, begging to make alzheimer's a national priority. >> we need more research and need a plan for alzheimer's to see the changes occur for the people who would otherwise suffer from the disease in the years ahead. >> ad ireports nearly half of those with dementia are upper income, most in western europe and north america and most live at home with a spouse. >>> in fact the authors of the report talk about
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Sep 23, 2010 4:30am PDT
in november. tracie potts shows us the changes that go into effect. >> now i can focus on my health instead of focusing on how to pay to get better. >>> starting today, health insurers can no longer impose lifetime limits or children with preexisting conditions. preventive care, check ups must be covered. >> that are should save us all a lot of money. >> adults can stay on their parents's insurance until they are 26 years old. new provisions that president obama calls the most important patient biffle rights in the nation's history. >> they are designed to make sure you have basic protections in your interactions with your insurance company. you are getting what you pay for. >> republicans say it's not that simple. >> premiums may go down, but copayments and deductibles will go up. >> access to care goes down because you have more people and fewer doctors seeing patients. >> republicans are vowing to repeal health reform as part of a 21-page pledge to america they will announce. it includes tax cuts for everyone including the rich. business tax rates ending bailouts and cutting spending bac
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Sep 28, 2010 4:30am PDT
will talk about his two-year dropout prevention effort. tracie potts reports the failure to graduate is a big problem across the country. >> reporter: every year 1.3 american students and 7,000 a day dropout of school. >> it is not just a crisis, it is a catastrophe. >> students and minorities and those in the south have the highest rates. the government identified 2,000 low performing schools that produce nearly half the nation's dropouts. president obama called them dropout factories and wants to shut them dun or turn them into charter schools. >> you can't defend a status quo in which a third of kids are dropping out. >> educators are honing in on the ninth grade. >> ninth grade is the most critical year to determine high school graduation. >> the alliance for excellent education said keeping kids in school can help the bottom line, saving billions on health care. crime and preparing the next generation for jobs. >> the jobs in the future in this country require a college education. >> the alliance reports raising rates to that of white students over the next decade would add $310
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Sep 30, 2010 4:00am PDT
constituents may be most frustrated by what congress did not get done. nbc's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, they got out without making a decision on the tax cuts. democrats want to extend them for the r for the middle class. republicans want to extend them for everyone. that decision now pushed back until after the election. in the house, 39 democrats side with republicans on that vote to adjourn without dealing with taxes. but there was a flurry of activity several items approved, including a 9/11 victims compensation fund that will be reopened and the government will also pay for health care for ground zero workers. that had been opposed, saying it was another big $7 billion entitlement program. a temporary spending bill was passed. the government's fiscal year ends today. temporary spending bill will allow the government to continue operate for another two months, and some major changes coming to nasa. the space shuttle program and the space station will continue, but the constellation program sending astronauts back to the moo
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Sep 30, 2010 4:30am PDT
in the bay's tracie potts has the latest on the lawmaker push to better notify the public when products are pulled from store shelves. >> once we found out about this -- >> reporter: the johnson & johnson ceo will admit problems, but insists the company did not try to secretly buy up motrin and children's tylenol to avoid a recall. >> we wanted to get them out of the market. >> reporter: a congressional panel will produce do you means they say johnson & johnson and the fda knew about the phantom recall. >> we got information that points out that they were fully aware of what was happening and did not do anything. >> reporter: the top republican blamed the fdaar the over sight and aed keem of stonewalling. >> why haven't they given full disclosure? >> reporter: it will cover six johnson & johnson recalls in the past year involving 200 million bottles of medicine, including popular brands like motrin and children's tylenol. the company said it's on the rebound. johnson & johnson plans to start reshipping a million bottles of children's medicine next week. tracie potts, nbc news, washingto
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Sep 7, 2010 4:00am PDT
the country in reverse. tracie potts joins us from washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the poll numbers show we're not satisfied with the economy, not satisfied with the president who is trying to fix it. president obama says he has a new plan that will put americans back to work. the white house says it's not a stimulus but the idea is similar, $50 billion for infrastructure, fixing 150,000 miles of roads, 4,000 miles of rail, 150 miles of runways and building a new air traffic control system. >> anybody want more delays at airports? >> no! >> no, i didn't think so. >> president obama says it will create jobs and won't cost a dime of borrowed money. >> this is a plan that will be fully paid for. it will not add to the deficit over time. >> republicans attacked saying americans are skeptical about more spending. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell says they're still looking for the shovel-ready jobs they were promised more than a year ago. all this as democrats are under attack headed into november's elections. republicans picked their first target, an indiana democ
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Sep 13, 2010 4:30am PDT
hill reporter tracie potts leads the coverage this morning. >> more taxes, tea partiers made their voices heard. >> i want the big government and the taxes to stop. >> if congress doesn't act, 3600 for a family making $200,000. president obama wants to keep the cuts for those families, but let them expire for incomes over $250,000. >> when we went afford to do is pass $700 billion additional of tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. >> republicans opposed that, but one leader may support it. >> if the only option i have to vote for those $250,000 and below, of course i will. >> the white house wants congress to deal with the middle class now and decide on tax cuts for the rich later. >> let's not hold them hostage while we debate whether we are going to give this small number of people at the top a tax cut we can't afford. >> what may pass, $12 billion and $30 billion for small business loans. that was brecken when one retiring republican agreed to vote for it. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >> now a look ahead on what's coming on later. brent, welcome back. >> i'm
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Sep 14, 2010 4:00am PDT
elections, it could reach a boiling point. nbc's tracie potts joins us live now from capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: it is clear the battle lines are drawn despite what we saw yesterday may have been a hint of compromise between republicans and the democratic party. republican john boehner hinting he might support president obama's plan to extend tax cuts only forethose who make up to $250,000. not for people who make more than that. but the republican party, other member, came back and made it very clear that they want these bush tax cuts extended for everyone, including the so-called wealthy, because they say those are the job creators in our society. jobs that right now are so desperately needed. interestingly, it's not a completely partisan fight, because at least three democrats agree that these cuts should be extended for everyone until the economy is on better footing. so we're looking at two deadlines coming up. first of all, the cuts expiring by the end of the year and, also, the effect of this election coming up in just a few weeks in november. lynn? >> absolutely. tr
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Sep 15, 2010 4:00am PDT
night, the gop establishment was once again upended by the tea party. tracie potts joins us now from capitol hill with more. tra an interesting evening. >> reporter: in new hampshire still counting votes in the republican senate primary there. as of now we und that kelly ayot is about 1,000 points ahead but the vote countying continues there. as you said, this is the year of the tea party. they seem to be upsetting some party favorites. >> don't ever underestimate the power of we the people. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the tea party favorite who republicans said couldn't be elected dog catcher won the party's senate nomination in delaware, and in new york, political newcomer paladino overcame the 40-point lead to become the republican candidate for governor. >> if we've learned anything tonight, it's that new yorkers are as mad as hell. >> reporter: he'll take on democrat andrew cuomo. also in new york, 40-year-old charlie rangel beat the democrat and a dozen ethics charges for his bid to stay in washington. >> no matter what they say, i go back to washington stronger than e
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Sep 16, 2010 4:00am PDT
for holding up his tax plan to prop up small businesses and the middle class. nbc's tracie potts joins us live now from capitol hill. good morning. >> good morning. republicans are digging in, not all of his own party members are on board. and all of this less than two months before a key election. how to win a tax fight and an election. first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> reporter: then put pressure on your opponents. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. more than two dozen democrats now disagree with president obama. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax increases on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner who suggested sunday he might support the president is now backing off. >> if that is your only option, as you said sunday, would you vote -- >> i want to extend all of the current tax rates -- >> reporter: tuesday's primary app
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Sep 16, 2010 4:30am PDT
. >>> president obama hitting the campaign trail to help democrats keep their majority in congress. tracie potts has that story. >> how to win a tax fight and election. first solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and against you. >> then put pressure on your opponent. >> we simply don't have time anymore to play games. >> extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight headed into november. more than two dozen democrats disagree with president obama. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax increases on nobody. >> even house leader john baner who suggested he might support the president is backing off. >> if it's your only option, would you vote? >> i want to extend the current tax breaks. >> they're exclude both side and tea partiers could backfire on republicans. >> it seemed like voter nullification and we are not listening to you. we, the republican party, we not listening. that's the problem. >> it could be a problem for democrats too. a poll puts their disapproval rating at 58%. most a
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Sep 30, 2010 5:00am EDT
's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> good morning. no decision on taxes. democratic leaders on both sides of congress said they would adjourn without dealing with that issue whether or not to extend the bush tax cuts past the end of this year. the house barely made it out, though, by one vote in what ended up being a referendum on taxes. after an impassioned speech by house minority leader john boehner, 39 democrats agreed with him but in the end decided to leave washington without dealing with that issue. but there was a flurry of activity on several other fronts. a nasa bill passed that will deal with the future of that program. major changes. it appears the shuttle and space station programs. also the house agreed to pass a bill to provide health care for 9/11 workers, for those who worked down at ground zero. finally, they agreed to a budget stop-gap measure that will allow the government to continue operating past today, which is the end of the fiscal year. so now lawmakers head home and they're dealing with an angry electorate just weeks before nove
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Sep 8, 2010 5:00am EDT
background to convince voters that he knows what it's like to struggle through tough times. tracy potts joins us with more from washington on how the president plans to boost the economy. >> republican leader john boehner and in a region hit hard by unemployment. the president is expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy. individuals earning overed 200,000 and couples over $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks, allowing small businesses to write off capital investments lat next year, giving them more cash to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments into tomorrow that are creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> all of it paid for by ending tax breaks for big companies. republicans say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think the american people want any more stimulus spending coming out of washington. we need to get our arms around the out of control spending. >> it's a probe business agenda designed to help ailing democrats in november, facing an
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Sep 16, 2010 5:00am EDT
republicans for holding up his tax plan to prop up small businesses and the middle class. tracie potts joins us now from capitol hill with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president has a problem because increasingly democrats also disagree with him over taxes, and republicans are digging in, not good signs for a compromise seven weeks before an election. >> reporter: how to win a tax fight and an election. first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> reporter: then put pressure on your opponents. >> we simply don't have time anymore to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over 250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty part season fight headed into november. more than two dozen democrats now disagree with president obama. republicans are not wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax increases on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner, who suggested sunday he might support the president, is now backing off. >> if it's your only option as you said sunday, would you vote
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Sep 24, 2010 5:30am EDT
for the federal school lunch program 3 tracie potts is in washington with more on the story. >> what washington says -- congress wants to increase this by about 5 cents per meal. fairfax county loses 77 cents on every meal. >> we are already getting fruits and vegetables, whole grains. we are walking the walk picket this new bill would require the government to limit jump food -- to eliminate junk food. >> we're trying to ask the congress to find the will to help small children. >> it is not enough to stick an apple on a trade. you need to give them a few different choices. >> the controversy is how this program is being paid for, by cutting future food stamp benefits. >> we have people depending on food stamps. >> those cuts will not happen for three years. hungry kids need help the school lunch today. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> the house could vote on this today. more than 100 democrats and unions oppose paying for it by cutting food stamps. 71 degrees on tv hill. the fda makes if the decision point how to restrict avandia. >> massages are relaxing. but they could do more than help you
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Sep 30, 2010 4:30am EDT
constituents may be most frustrated with what congress didn't get done. tracie potts has more for us from washington. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. there was no decision on taxes, what to do about extending the bush tax cuts at the end of the year. democratic leaders had said they will not deal with that before the election. that's exactly what happened. but they barely got out of town without doing so in the house after a last-minute speech by republican leader john boehner that drew 39 democrats to his side. in the end, they agreed to adjourn without dealing with taxes by just one vote. but there was a flurry of activity before the house adjourned. they did approve several bills, including a stopp spending measure so the government can continue to function for another two months. the fiscal year ends tomorrow. they also approved a nasa bill that deals with the future of that program, extends both the space shuttle and the space station programs and ends the bush era program that would have landed astronauts on the moon once again. finally, a 9/11 program was extended, as well, in
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Sep 10, 2010 4:30am EDT
to cancel his plans. tracie potts explains how the decision goes against many political and religious leaders. >> reporter: after a call from the pentagon and talk with leaders jones said he would call off the koran burning. >> we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. >> reporter: hours later jones accused the muslim leader standing next to him about lying whether a mosque next to ground zero will be moved. now he says the event may be back on. the florida imam said he agreed to ask new york investors to move the mosque but never promised it was a done deal. >> he clearly understood there were no cut deals over there in new york. >> reporter: the new york team says they never agreed. now the white house may get involved. a white house spokesman accused jones of seeking publicity. >> this is a desperate man seeking the attention of the better part of the world. >> reporter: complicating things, donald trump offered to buy the new york mosque site for 25% more than they paid and they turned him down. federal authorities don't believe there is anything they can do to stop this eve
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Sep 13, 2010 4:30am EDT
's tracie potts has more on the debate from capitol hill. >> reporter: more taxes, tea partiers made their voices heard this weekend. >> i want it to stop. and i don't want the taxes. >> reporter: if congress doesn't act, your taxes go up january 1st. $3,600 for a family making $200,000. president obama wants to keep the tax cuts for those families but let them expire for incomes over $250,000. >> what we cannot afford to do is pass 700 additional billion dollars of tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. >> reporter: one leader may now support it. >> if the only option i have is those for 250 and below, of course i'm going to do that. >> reporter: it's a thorny issue to decide before the elections. they have to decide on tax cuts for the rich later. >> let's not hold them hostage while we debate whether we are going to give this very small number of people at the top a tax cut we can't afford. >> reporter: what may pass next week, $30 billion for small business loans. that stale mate was broken when one retiring republican agreed to vote for it. one compromise that's being float
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Sep 16, 2010 4:00am EDT
to prop up small businesses and the middle class nbc's tracie potts jones us for more. >> increasingly, docrats disagree with him over taxes and republans are digging in, not good sign for a compromise seven weeks before an election. w do win a tax fight and an election? first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> then put pressure on your opponent. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax accuracies on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner who suggested sunday he might support the president is backing off. >> would you vote for -- >> want to extend all of the current tax rates -- >> reporter: tuesday's primary appears to have excluded both sides. analysts say tea party wins could backire on republicans. >> seems like it was a sense of voter nullification, like we're not listening to you. we, the
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Sep 17, 2010 4:30am EDT
. both sides are talking taxes. tracie potts has more now from capitol hill. >> reporter: president obama said preserve tax praex for the wealthy costs too much. >> they wa to spend another $700 billion that 98% of americans will never see. >> i don't think i'm going to put my grandchildren and this country into debt. >> reporter:epublicans now insist on dealing with it before november's election. >> up or down vote on stopping all of the coming tax hikes. >> reporter: the census bureau reports 1 in 7 americans are now poor, the most ever. a new private analysis say letting the tax cuts expire mean a family of four making 54,000, would payan extra 2900 next year. >> it's still about barack obama and his agenda. that remains a fundamental democratic problem. >> reporter: hammeredn unemployment, the administration is fighting back. today the white reases a stimulus creating thousands of jobs across american. republicans say th real job creators are the wealthy americans who president obama wants to tax more. tracie potts, nb news, washington. >>> the whithouse is denying first lady michelle
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Sep 28, 2010 4:30am EDT
. leaders in government business and education are all addressing the issue. tracie potts takes a look at new initiatives to help more students stay i cool. >> reporter: every year 1.3 million students, 7,000 a day, drop out of school. >> it is not just a crisis. it is a catastrophe. >> reporter: poor students, minorities and those in the south have the highest rate. the government has identifi 2,000 low performing schools that produce nearly half the nation's dropouts. president obama calls them dropout factories and wants to shut them down or turn them into charter schools. >> a third of our kids are dropping out. >> reporter: educators are honing in on ninth grade, according to research. e alliance for excellent education says keeping kids in school can help america's bottom line. saving billions on health care, crime, and prepari the next generation for jobs. >> jobs in the future, particularly in this country, require a college education. >> reporter: the alliance reports raising minority graduation rates to that of white students the next decade would add $310 billon to the u.s.
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Sep 22, 2010 5:00am EDT
in afghanistan. nbc's tracie potts joins us with a first look at this book by a veteran journalist. >> reporter: this will comeout very soon. this is a book by bob woodward of watergate. it's called "obama's wars." he talks about whatas going on inside the white house as they tried to figure out what to do in afghanistan. as president obama was ramping up troops, tripling the number in afghanistan, some of the top national security advisers, members of his team were really concerned about whether or not that would actually work. in fact, one of thos who expressed doubts according to the book was richard holbrooke, the special envoy to afghanistan. the other thing is the infighting documented in the book among some members of the team. biden and holbrooke. he called him egotistical. apparently quite a bit of infighting between the top advisers there. >> apparently bob woodward interviewed the president for this ok. any reaction from the whit house? >> none so far. he interviewed several top administration officials. the white house givi no comments o this. this all sort of broke out. "new york t
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Sep 10, 2010 4:00am PDT
to nbc's tracie potts in washington for the lace it. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. a protest over this particular incident has been shut, this incident having interim implications. what's unclear is what was talked about behind closed doors with the pastor and make muslim leader. it seems this attempt to diffuse the situation may have made it worse. after a call from the pentagon and talks with muslim leaders, florida pastor terry jones said he'd call off saturday's koran burning. >> we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. >> but hours later jones accused the muslim leader standing next to him of lying about whether a mosque two blocks from ground zero would be moved. so now jones says the event may be back on. >> but we're a little bit back to square one. >> the florida imam says he agreed to ask new york investors to move the mosque, but never promised it was a done deal. >> he clearly understood that there were no cut deals over there in new york. >> the new york team says they never agreed. now the white house may get involved. a white house spokesman a
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Sep 7, 2010 6:00am PDT
morning, i'm tracie potts in washington with the fight against fat. are you winning that fight? are you even in the game? getting it off and keeping it off next. >>> and a night out on the town in san francisco could end up costing you a little bit more money. i'm bob redell. we'll take you live to the city and tell you what the board of supervisors has got up their sleeves. >>> and here's a live look at oakland, traffic is picking up, heavier volume, but you will still get where you're going because mike inouye has your traffic report coming up. ria will update us on wecointrd as. g tr well. rogressive.com. come on in, and i'll give you a free quote. quote and compare in about 8 minutes. now, that's progressive. call or click today. >>> 6:43. if you're waking up in richmond, here is a look outside your window as you struggle to get where you're going, whether it's in richmond or anywhere around the bay area, we have you covered. we will talk with mike inouye in a bit. >>> the dieting roller coaster is a crowded ride. just one in six of us who lose weight are actually able to keep it of
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Sep 22, 2010 12:00pm EDT
's recall. tracy potts, wbal tv 11 news. >> hope your having a great day. tonight is the autumnal equinox. the front is on the move. it is incredibly warm. that front might generate an isolated thunderstorm. what we have seen as high pressure bring in a suddenly flow. there is actually a coastal flood advisory until midnight tonight because of the shift in the winds. in the meantime, we are warmer than yesterday. it is already 84 degrees upper 80s for the later afternoon. >> this just in -- 28-year-old calvin lockner is accused of attacking a 77 year-old man has pleaded guilty. he will be sentenced on september 27. residents were displaced. baltimore county officials say the fire caused the propane tank to explode. the people inside of the home were able to safely escaped. red cross is assisting the family. the man accused of stabbing his ex-wife to dead, -- to death, and setting her apartment on fire is in police custody. damon white was arrested yesterday. investigators believe he killed 35-year-old thelma wynn earlier this month, and somehow injured himself while trying to cover it up.
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Sep 1, 2010 4:00am EDT
, saying it's time to move forward without closing the book on iraq. tracie potts has more from washington. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. with the military operations in iraq behind us, president obama made it clear that the next big mission is right here at home. >> the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: with combat troops now out of iraq, president obama announced a new mission. >> our most urgent mission is the economy and putting americans back to work. >> reporter: his focus now? jobs and afghanistan. he promised the pullout there will begin next summer. >> open-ended war serves neither our interests or the afghan people. >> reporter: republicans criticized the president for opposing the surge. >> some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth and nail against the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results. >> we pledge all we can do always to protect and defend the state of israel. >> reporter: today, president obama meets with israeli prime minister netanyahu and palestinian president abbas. the goal is to resume direct talks between pale
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Sep 23, 2010 5:00am EDT
ideas. for more we go to tracy potts in washington. tracy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. president obama says he blames himself for not doing a better sales job with this new health care law and republicans are now trying to repeal it but major provisions of that reform kick in today. for example, no more lifetime limits on insurance coverage and children can no longer be denied for pre-existing conditions. the adult portion of that will kick in about four years from now. preventive care, checkups now have to be covered and this is a big one, adults can stay on their parents' insurance up to age 26. now, for some people that kicks in this week. for others when their insurance rolls over in january, the president, again, on a sales pitch trying to get u.s. support and public support for this plan. republicans have insisted that they wanted repeal, that it's a $2.5 trillion mistake according to the chair of the republican national committee. today they're unveiling what they call a 21-page pledge to america. in addition to repealing health reform, it includes tax cuts for
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Sep 28, 2010 5:00am EDT
with stops planned in three states to sell his plan to fix the economy. tracie potts is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica, good morning. what you'll see this morning will take on a distinct campaign trail feel, designed to use what worked for them two years ago during the presidential campaign, the president swinging through states to energize young voters and to sell his economic plan. part of that plan was helping small businesses. we saw that as he signed the small business bill into law yesterday, creating a $30 billion fund to give them more money to free up money for these businesses to expand and hire workers. today, president obama takes his message to albuquerque, new mexico, where he'll continue a series of backyard meetings with voters and have a big rally at the university of wisconsin later on tonight. as we get closer to the election, we're seeing the administration get much more aggressive in tone and message, vice president biden saying stop whining and look for alternatives out there. president obama c
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